Shepherd's Pie with Parsnip Puree Topping

When all his Thanksgiving guests have gone home, Lee Hefter packs up the leftover vegetables and gravy and cuts the turkey meat off the bones so he'll be ready to make this pie the next day.Plus: Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide Great Comfort Food Recipes

Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 2 pounds parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 3/4 cup milk

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 4 cups leftover cubed turkey

  • 2 cups leftover gravy

  • 2 cups leftover vegetables

  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a medium saucepan, cover the parsnips with the milk and cream and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over moderately low heat until the parsnips are tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer the parsnips and their cooking liquid to a food processor. Add the butter and puree. Scrape the puree into a bowl, add the thyme and season with salt and pepper.

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the turkey with the gravy and vegetables and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and transfer to a 9-by-13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Spread the parsnip puree over the top. Sprinkle with the bread crumbs and bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top and bubbling underneath. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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